January 8, 2009

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Wino, Punctuated Equilibrium
Southern Lord Records, Jan. 20

Before you ask “how much does Scott Weinrich sound like Black Sabbath this time,” recall that he hit his fanboy peak while with The Obsessed — now that stuff sounded like Volume IV. So the cheap answer is “would you settle for Molly Hatchet,” although if not, you might get something out of this first solo album, which showcases Weinrich’s tobacco-spitting Gregg Allman vocal imitation, strikingly so in rollout track “Release Me.” It’s a side to his voice that I personally haven’t experienced, not that I’ve stalked the guy’s career; like you I know that his fame mostly grew from his legendary nick of Ozzy, blazing away in full glory in the relatively speedy title track. For the “War Pigs” drums you so crave, there’s “The Woman in the Orange Pants,” wherein Weinrich’s guitar soloing flies around madly as though trying to avoid a swatter — he’s no Tony Iommi but the heart is more than willing. The better parts are toward the rear of the track list, the oldschool-dooming “Silver Lining” in particular. B-EWS